Catherine Finucane

Freelance Editor & Proofreader

Location:Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
2 Skills
Consensus builder with track record of gaining buy-in and collaboration among constituents with competing priorities. Master’s degree with concentration in international policy and sociology. Strong research, writing, and project management skills. Research experience in international trends and policy, community sustainability, land and natural resource issues, international organizations, social movements, displacement, and human rights. Articulate, influential communicator with an understanding of the importance of context. Knowledgeable of Microsoft Office Suite, LexisNexis, JSTOR, EBSCO, Outlook, Articulate E-Learning software, SmartBoard, LMS (SumTotal). Proficient in Spanish.
M.A. Liberal Arts—Certificate in Global Studies, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
• Study focused on international relations and global, social and political issues, including migration, human rights, and the intersection of international organizations, law, and politics.
• Thesis: "Internal Displacement: Operational, Legal & Institutional Barriers to Effective Response, Remedy & Prevention" with a focus on Colombia and southern Mexico.
• Conducted 5-month long independent study: Dictatorial government, military human rights violations, drug trafficking, and indigenous social movements in Mexico.
• Courses included: African-American Scholarship on American International Relations; Human Rights & National Security Law; Sociology and Psychology of Oppression; American History: Immigration and Public Policy; Strategic Studies Seminar; Media, Culture and Society; Political and Cultural Movements; International Relations.

B.A. International Development Studies, University of California, Berkeley
• Graduate-level coursework through the Environmental Science Department, Policy & Management Department and the Goldman School of Public Policy.
• Research Project: Documented the role of transnational corporations and foreign aid in fishery exploitation; research contributed to professor’s efforts to demonstrate the interconnectedness of foreign aid and resource depletion in marine environments.
• Delivered formal presentation on United Nations Environmental Program research.

School for International Training, Kenya: Culture & Development Program, Nairobi, Kenya
• Conducted field research on the implementation & impact of a UNEP Reforestation Program on Mount Kenya.

American Journal Experts, August 2011 to Present

Edit academic research articles prior to journal submission. Edit for readability, flow, and grammar. Perform in an environment characterized by high academic standards and tight deadlines.

Para el Mundo-USA, New Orleans, LA June 2011 to Present

DIRECTOR, FUNDING (June 2011 to Present)
Identify potential funders, establish donor relationships, and report on program deliverables. Gain consensus on program and project funding needs and goals. Research and write grant proposals and program literature.

Auxilium Pharmaceuticals, Malvern, PA August 2007 to June 2011

TRAINING ASSOCIATE (January 2009 to June 2011)
Managed professional relationships with several hundred field and office-based personnel, vendors, consultants, and business partners nationally and globally. Gained consensus on training curriculum development and delivery from groups with divergent and competing needs. Develop content, author, and deliver written, web-based, and in-person training programs to influence employees’ performance, effectiveness, and regulatory compliance.
• Project-managed launch/roll-out of a mobile learning application to 200 employees.
• Proposed and developed a comprehensive e-training resource for 150 medical liaisons and sales professionals, improving ease of access to key information and contributing to productivity.
• Project-managed establishment of an autonomous research & training center, collaborating with consultants, researchers, and key opinion leaders on multi-day course content development and delivery.
• Converted paper-driven course materials into high-quality e-learning modules, reducing employee training time and improving quality of curriculum materials.
• Structured and implemented the new employee orientation and pilot on-boarding program.
• Conceptualized and project-managed development of a new hire manual for the Training Department, which became the template for all company departments.
• Developed in-depth knowledge of course creation software and technology, including the creation and integration of video, audio, and animated content.
• Co-proposed, designed, and led development of a software portal for the delivery, tracking, and reporting of the educational activities of 500+ employees, reducing response time to government and shareholders by 20%.

PROGRAM COORDINATOR, GRANTS & MARKETING (August 2007 to December 2008)
Managed all aspects of the educational and community grants program, reviewing grant proposals, allocating funds, and tracking grant recipients’ progress. Administered the national expert speaker program.
• Collaborated with outside marketing consultant to transform and improve program marketing materials and website.
• Worked in conjunction with outside charitable, professional and advocacy organizations to identify need and provide funding.
• Funded community health services, HIV support service, disease awareness education, health testing, nutrition workshops, and wellness lecture series.

OAXACA, MEXICO January to June 2007
INDEPENDENT RESEARCHER—Explored social and political issues surrounding a long-standing strike.
• Researched indigenous political movements and advocacy organizations within the state; used materials as the basis for further research on protest movements, peasant organizations, and politics in Mexico.
• Discussed issues with an Oaxacan political organizer and electoral candidate.

PLANET DRUM FOUNDATION, Bahia de Caraquez, Ecuador March to September 2006
INTERN—Served in Ecucador for an organization providing a voice for bioregional sustainability and education. Supervised and trained volunteers to more effectively and efficiently accomplish land use planning and tree planting/revitalization.
• Initiated, co-developed, and implemented new community outreach program.
• Communicated with Bahia de Caraquez City Council members on Foundation efforts to increase human security through environmental and land-use planning.
• Developed land use plans with area farmers and landowners to improve security against threat of flooding/erosion and reduce environmental devastation.
• Spearheaded and successfully implemented seedling inventory program, contributing to improved survival rate for seedlings, increased plantings, and healthier stock.
• Acted as translator (Spanish-English) for City Hall Planning Department meetings.
• Instrumental in facilitating the idea acceptance among local farmers that their environmental and economic/social situations are intricately linked.

TitleVest Agency, NY, NY 2004 to 2006
SURVEY DEPARTMENT COORDINATOR—Developed skills in proprietary software and legal document review. Collaborated on authoring marketing materials.
• Coordinated the activities of outside consultants and attorneys.
PA Prison Society—advocacy organization for prison reform
Voter Registration volunteer
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